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NJPW ‘Super Jr. Tag Tournament Night 2’ 10.29.17 Results & Review



The second night of the Super Junior Tag Team Tournament is underway from Korakuen Hall! The winners will move to the semifinals, set to take place tomorrow, also at Korakuen Hall. First, the preliminary tag matches.

Juice & Finlay def. Yujiro & Leo Tonga @ 7:24
Basic, but strong opener. The heels worked over Finlay for the first five minutes, Juice gets the hot tag and takes over the match. Yujiro had somewhat surprising strong chemistry with Juice that elevated what ultimately is just a throw away opener. Leo Tonga is still extremely young in his wrestling career but continues showing improvement as the weeks continue. He is hit by the Pulp Friction from Juice and takes the fall. Above average opener thanks to Juice Robinson.

Goto & Yano def. Suzuki & Iizuka @ 7:41
Minoru Suzuki, again, takes things too far and is disqualified for his troubles when he shoves the referee and ties a bull rope around Yano’s neck. To make matters worse, Yano escapes with his NEVER Openweight Championship. An incensed Suzuki further takes out his frustration on young lion, Kitamura. The build for the Power Struggle bull rope match between Suzuki and Yano has been done very well. Every night they go out they manage to hook the audience into their high jinks with great success.

Yoshi-Hashi, Ospreay & Beretta def. Omega, Scurll & Owens @ 10:40
House show edition of Omega and Scurll, both relying on comedy for the majority of the match. The crowd reaction was mixed at best, only really into what Ospreay was doing. They built and built to the Beretta hot tag and he finished off Owens. What’s most noteworthy is that post-match Beretta challenged Omega for the IWGP US Championship at Power Struggle. In full disclosure, Beretta is my favorite non-Japanese wrestler so to say I’m looking forward to the match may be an understatement.

Ibushi, Dragon Lee & Titan def. Tanahashi, Kushida & Kawato @ 8:55
Although the goal here was to help further interest in the upcoming IWGP IC title match between Tanahashi and Ibushi at Power Struggle, Kawato stole the show. His chemistry with both CMLL stars, Lee & Titan, was off the charts. The fluidity of his movements work perfectly with those of lucha libre backgrounds. There is little doubt that if he gets sent to CMLL for his excursion, he will be turning a lot of heads. The Tanahashi and Ibushi match will be incredible, people are itching to see the singles match and they’re scheduled to main event Power Struggle. Of course, Kawato took the fall here and Titan was the benefactor.

Switchblade promo plays before the end of intermission

Naito, Evil, Sanada, Hiromu & Bushi def. Okada, Ishii, Romero, Sho & Yoh @ 12:45
Not only serving as a preview for the Wrestle Kingdom 12 main event, this match also is a preview for tomorrow’s semifinal Super Junior Tag Team Tournament match between Hiromu/Bushi and Sho/Yoh. Once Naito and Okada touched, around seven minutes in, the crowd picked up and the match went to the next level. Sanada locked in the Skull End on Romero for the finish. Throughout 2017 LIJ has mastered these super chaotic tag matches. They showcase speed with pinpoint accuracy, everyone knows where to be and they do it flawlessly night in and night out.

Super Junior Tag Team Tournament Quarter Final Match
Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado def. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV @ 17:28

You know when you’re watching a Suzuki-Gun match that you’re in for a case of the shenanigans. Most times you can find yourself bored of their tricks and annoyed that they’re on the card. When they face people you care about, that’s a different story. Liger and Tiger are extremely well-respected veterans that everyone buys into and wants to see succeed each time they’re in the ring. This is when the Suzuki-Gun shenanigans are at their best. They tore at the masks of the legends the entire match, trying to disrespect their legacies. Each and every pin attempt by the legends caused the fans to bite. There was no doubt in their mind that the good guys would prevail over the despicable heels. Despite their pleas, the fans could not help the aged veterans defy the odds. When watching a Suzuki-Gun match you will never see a technical masterpiece in the ring. Instead you’re in for an old school heat-drawing match and those work best against faces the crowd cares most about. Extremely well done match from beginning to end. Highlight of the show.

Super Junior Tag Team Tournament Quarter Final Match
Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH def. Taka Michinoku & Taichi @ 18:42

The problem with the positioning of the match is knowing that the winner would face Kanemaru/Desperado and that New Japan wouldn’t do Suzuki-Gun versus Suzuki-Gun. Obviously Taguchi/ACH were winning this one. That’s fine, but it’s unfortunate knowing the result before the match ends. Another annoyance is this is the main event and Taguchi is still going to rely on comedy. Elsewhere on the card it’s fine but bugs me as a main event. As for the workrate, very solid. Everyone worked hard and ha the crowd the entire time. Despite my complaints the match seemed to have worked for the live crowd, it just wasn’t for me.

Recommended Matches:
– Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
– Tanahashi, Kushida, Kawato vs Ibushi, Dragon Lee & Titan

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.